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2008 Hummer H2 Gets Nicer Interior, Badder Engine

The H2 brought the Hummer brand to the masses, but today it seems a little outdated on the road. Even so, it still has fans out there, and the company has treated them with a dramatically improved interior and new 6.2-liter V-8 engine for both the H2 SUV and SUT.

On the outside, we don’t think anyone will notice larger openings in the grille and a silver-painted bumper, as that’s all that has changed. Inside is where it counts. The entire instrument panel has been redesigned, there are new seats, new door trim and a full third-row seat for the first time.

The engine is a 393-hp V-8 with 415 pounds-feet of torque, good for a towing capacity of 8,200 pounds — a 1,700-pound bump over the outgoing model. The H2 also gets new standard safety equipment, including curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, seat belt pretensioners, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, a tire pressure monitoring system and a panic brake assist.

Hummer says the new H2 will go on sale “later this year,” so we’re guessing after the summer. We’ll let you know when we hear something more definitive. Check out more pictures of the interior and exterior below.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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